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1 Self Referral Julie Shepherd Lead Physiotherapist

2 Overview of presentation History & evolution of local self referral scheme Benefits Implementation Evaluation The Future!

3 Key points regarding Self Referral Does not open the floodgates Is patient centred & encourages self management/empowerment Enables timely access to advice/reducing chronicity Can prevent people going off work/get them back to work Enhances therapists autonomy & management strategies Can increase capacity by reducing new to follow up ratios Saves GP time Can support long term conditions

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5 Physiotherapy Outpatient new attendances

6 Local implementation milestones Established in East Gloucestershire Trust, stopped with the introduction of GP Fundholding in 1995 & then re-established in 1998 with the demise of GP Fundholding & the emergence of Primary Care Groups 2000 – Staff self referral at Cheltenham General Hospital 2001 – Physio Direct telephone access 2010 – Drop in clinics

7 Staff Self Referral 341 patients seen in the first year (2000) New to follow up ratio 1: 1.4 compared to department average of 1: 3.4 Anecdotally – patients more self motivated & happy to self manage Commended by a Health & Social Care Award 2001 Improving the lives of staff category

8 Physio Direct A trial which commenced in November 2001 with 3 GP practices (1 hour per day, Mon-Fri) Extended in 2002 (3.5 hours per day) to cover 6 practices in total (population of 53,000) Extended in 2005 to cover all GP practices within Cheltenham (from 9.00am to 4pm)

9 Key Objectives Provide telephone access to people to ensure timely advice/intervention is given Empower people to self manage their condition Provide a new service within existing resources Demonstrate that demand and capacity can be managed in a different way Reduce administration and save time for GPs

10 The Pathway The patient can self refer via the telephone following the process outlined on posters or in the GP newsletter. Alternatively if the GP feels that his/her patient requires physiotherapy, the GP tells the patient to contact Physio Direct. The patient phones the physiotherapy department at the designated times to speak to a Physiotherapist.

11 The Pathway Assessment by asking a series of questions, leads to one of the following outcomes for the patient: Advice including an exercise sheet (post or e- mail) and/or information leaflet or An appointment to see the physiotherapist or Referral to their GP if a medical assessment is indicated.

12 How the scheme was managed All parties agreeing clear objectives and measures Involvement of all staff delivering the service from the outset Working with PCT Access leads and GPs Making changes as needed and testing to ensure added value Starting small and building a system based on measured success Evaluation and feedback to all involved

13 Red Flags In the first year, 3 patients were fast tracked with the following problems: Pathological fracture of C7 Fractured pubic ramus Child with an avulsion fracture

14 Evaluation Questionnaire surveys were sent to participating GPs and patients who had been managed by Physio Direct and had been discharged from the service at 3 months and 14 months. A response rate of 92% and 64% (3 months), 87% and 58% (14 months) respectively was achieved. Of the sample of patients surveyed: 71% of patients reported that they felt more in control of their symptoms 69% of patients had not consulted elsewhere 88% felt that the service should continue

15 Analysis of the activity data Nov 2001-Dec 2002: 820 patients called Physio Direct 40% of those were managed with advice and exercise sheets/information leaflets only 60% of those visited the local Physiotherapy Department for follow up intervention. Of those, 25% needed only one follow up appointment The average wait for routine referrals to the department remained consistent at 7 weeks

16 Comments from service users An easy quick way to have minor problems solved Excellent way of getting quick advice. I have previously had to wait weeks for an appointment. I spoke to a friendly physio who listened and gave me unhurried time. I needed reassurance and was told I could phone again and be seen if necessary and speak to the same person

17 Comments from service users I was very pleased with the service given. The only piece of information I didnt get was when to stop the exercises Most of this is not relevant to me, as the physio, hearing of my problem took me to A&E where a crack in the bone was discovered. I was impressed with the system. Many thanks to the physio concerned

18 Comments from service users Physio triumphed where my doctor failed to diagnose and treat The immediacy of consultation and advice was a tremendous improvement on previous referrals to physio with the traditional long wait for treatment/advice Reassurance and professional pain management helped alleviate the stress and anxiety and prevented non-useful visits to the GP

19 Comments from service users It took some 5 hours on the phone, over 2 weeks to at last get in touch with the Physio I feel that it is necessary for the Physio to have a diagnosis of the problem, either from the GP or Consultant

20 Comments from GPs Patients very happy with the service and I have had very good reports from those using it. Saves an enormous amount of time in admin and unnecessary referrals to yourselves. Thank you The scheme seems to be working well. I have had positive feedback from patients, both from those that get advice and leaflets in the post and those who get appointments

21 Comments from GPs Of great assistance and simpler than direct booking which wasted staff time Very helpful service P.S. good questionnaire – short brief and to the point Excellent++++ Greatly reduced admin, so please continue

22 Current methods supporting self referral Telephone eg Physio Direct & follow up consultations Paper Self referral form (including pre- assessment form) On line referral: Re-vamped website Drop in clinics

23 Learning through implementing Self Referral Does not open the floodgates Enables timely access to advice/reducing chronicity Can prevent people going off work/get them back to work Is patient centred & encourages self management/empowerment Enhances therapists autonomy & professional responsibility Can reduce DNA rates and new to follow up ratios Saves GP time Can support long term conditions Gives confidence to take on new ways of working – development of drop in clinics

24 What you need: Passion for change & to take a risk Staff involvement from the outset in planning & implementation Self management philosophy GPs on side Start small and build in bite size chunks Tailor it in regard to your population & feedback Other helpful resources - Self Referral Implementation tools:

25 The future? Increased usage of technology to communicate with patients ?SKYPE ?Twitter ?Blogs

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